Helpers needed for a holiday village on the Donegal Coast, Ireland




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  • Description


    We are located on the northwest coast of Donegal which is close to five beautiful beaches, the Horn Head sea-cliffs, Ards Forest Park, Muckish and Errigal mountains, Glenveigh National Park and Tory Island.

    Our 2 hectare (5 acre) property, a pre-Celtic site, is located alongside a main bus-route and two miles (3km) from the nearest village ... Dunfanaghy (Co. Donegal). We are right beside New Lake Nature Reserve, with sea views over the Atlantic to Tory Island.

    There are small shops and some pubs with traditional music in the nearby villages of Dunfanaghy (3km) and Falcarragh (8km) . Letterkenny, the nearest town, is 45 mins away by car or bus.

    The property and the buildings are renowned for their tranquility, warm hospitality, eco-friendly recycling policy, organic garden, meditation sanctuaries and the sound of the Mill stream by day and the crashing of waves on the beach by night.

    As we are a very busy family, the help will include a combination of the follot tasks: - Assisting with the children & preparing their meals
    - Assisting in the garden &carrying out general maintenance tasks
    - DIY & painting projects
    - Administrative tasks,
    - Assistance in the main house and cottage (housekeeping)
    - Food preparation& kitchen tasks

    The season develops slowly from Mar to June, gets busy during Jul-Aug and starts getting quiet again thereafter. We close for winter from about 01 Nov to late March.

    The type of work will depend on the time of year, and where there is little or no work indoors, there is plenty to do our in the garden ... weeding, cutting grass, looking after the flowers, chickens, etc. You will also help to create new recreational areas and activities for guests to the site. During your time here, you will be able to explore the wonderful local landscape, beaches, forest park, etc..

    If you like the countryside you will love it here. We need volunteers who are friendly, reliable and sociable. It is important that you have some English, to be able to chat to our guests or take phone-calls if necessary.

    In return for your assistance, we provide accommodation to our volunteers in a shared room (with one other volunteer of the same sex) along with a weekly payment towards your food. You will also have access to the staff kitchen/diner where you can prepare your meals.

    We have great internet here due to the new high speed fibre broadband recently installed in the area, so bring your Laptop if you wish.

    We have had many wonderful helpers/workers/volunteers who came to stay at the Mill down through the years and it's been a wonderful experience for us.

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Best wishes and looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located in a very special area, between an old all Gaelic-speaking community and an old English Plantation village where people from all over the world come to visit. This part of Ireland is renowned for it's beaches and we have surfers from all over the world come to check out the waves.

    It is also a highly spiritual area and within a 5-mile radius of Dunfanaghy, there are seven times the national average of ancient sites dating back 6000 years. Whereas, with a village population of less than 500 people one could expect one church, we have six within the same area and a very special ruined church which dominates the village and its history.

    Within the village there are several traditional music pubs, which are also an attraction for guests and Workaway volunteers alike and we avail of every opportunity to introduce our volunteers to local cultural events and performances.

    Many renowned Irish and English writers and artists, revolutionaries and statesmen have visited or made their homes here over the years but one in particular, George Russell (AE) made very vivid connections, in verse, story and paintings, to the Faery world and the pre-Celtic people which, being a major feature of our business profile is very much enjoyed by our guests and their children alike.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We have a variety of things we would love you to work with us on should you choose this place for your Workaway experience! They include, helping us with the children, housekeeping, laundry, general maintenance, decorating, preparing meals, looking after the gardens and the site.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Irish

  • Accommodation


    Shared bedrooms in the Mill House Lodge with access to a shared kitchen and shower/toilet facilities. (Please note where rooms are shared, they are on a Male Only and Female Only basis)

    Fully equipped staff kitchen/diner where volunteers can prepare their meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area nearby is a rambler's paradise with lots of lovely scenery, walking routes, forest park, sea-cliffs, and beaches. We are located on a main bus route so there are easy, daily services to and from Dunfanaghy, Letterkenny, Derry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 30 hours per week ( 5 x 6hr days OR 6 x 5hr days)

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